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<b>Dean Patricia Turner Featured in Column at the Daily Bruin</b>   Dean Patricia Turner Featured in Column at the Daily Bruin
Dean Turner discusses the importance of research in enriching the experience of undergraduates on campus.
<b>Four UCLA Amgen Scholars Win Dean's Prize </b>   Four UCLA Amgen Scholars Win Dean's Prize
Four UCLA Amgen Scholars from the 2013 and 2014 cohort were awarded the Dean's Prize Medal of Excellence at the 2014 Science Poster Day. Their work exemplifies excellence in undergraduate research and education. Congratulations! Pictured: Justin Ondry, Melissa Truong, Justin Toh and Stephanie Wang.
  Mattering: Making Science Significant for Underrepresented Students
UCLA undergraduates part of our BISEP program are featured in the SACNAS website for their research efforts.
Undergraduate Research Scholar Brandon Pham named National Goldwater Scholar!   Undergraduate Research Scholar Brandon Pham named National Goldwater Scholar!
Congratulations to URSP student Brandon Pham on his selection for the National Goldwater Award!
ERN Conference Winners   ERN Conference Winners
Congratulations to our Emerging Researchers National Conference winners! From left to right: Ivan Flores (Bridge to the Doctorate), Adrianna De La Torre (IMSD Scholar), Luis Gonzalez (MARC).
2015 CAMP Statewide Symposium Winners   2015 CAMP Statewide Symposium Winners
Congratulations! From left to right: Jessy Martinez (poster presentation winner), Tara Hallman (honorable mention), Hannah Hinton (honorable mention), Lara Roach (poster presentation winner).
PEERS Director receives prestigious SACNAS award for mentorship   PEERS Director receives prestigious SACNAS award for mentorship
Professor Paul Barber honored for his work advancing diversity within STEM fields.
Three Bioengineers win Undergraduate Research Prize   Three Bioengineers win Undergraduate Research Prize
MSD Scholar, Kyrollos Yanny, is one of the prize winners for the third award the project has received!
UC LEADS student highlighted in article   UC LEADS student highlighted in article
Read the encouraging story of Walter Mancia's humble beginnings to his path to the sciences.
Histone Proteins in Heart Failure Susceptibility   Histone Proteins in Heart Failure Susceptibility
From a science class in community college to research in heart failure susceptibility, Rachel Lopez shares her scholastic journey to her passion in cardiovascular science.
Grand Challenges: Real World Teaching   Grand Challenges: Real World Teaching
UCLA undergraduates together with a group of interdisciplinary faculty step up to the challenge to make the Los Angeles region self sufficient in water and energy. Read more about it here
<b> UCLA SACNAS chapter of the Year </b>   UCLA SACNAS chapter of the Year
The UCLA SACNAS chapter earns a fifth national award. Read the full article here where one of our students, Walter Mancia, is featured in the article.
  UCLA biologists delay the aging process by remote control
A former MARC student, Jacqueline Graniel, is a co-author with Dr. David Walker on an exciting research finding on slowing the aging process.
  Grand Challenges Undergraduate Research Scholars Program Highlighted in Daily Bruin
URC-Sciences Associate Director Dr. Rachel Kennison is interviewed about this exciting program slated to begin in 2014-2015.
<b>UCLA Undergraduate Researchers Selected to Present to Congress</b>   UCLA Undergraduate Researchers Selected to Present to Congress
Sarah Barritt (pictured from left), graduate student Wesley Kerr, and Akash Patel were selected to represent California undergraduate research at the Annual Council on Undergraduate Research's Posters on the Hill event.
  UCLA Undergraduate Research Week Highlights Work Across Disciplines
Undergraduate Research Week (May 12-16) at UCLA highlights undergraduate research in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. See the link here for a full schedule of events.
HHURP Scholar Mericien Venzon profiled by UCLA Today   HHURP Scholar Mericien Venzon profiled by UCLA Today
Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Senior Mericien Venzon is recognized for her excellence in research and academics, as well as a dizzying array of extracurricular activities.
  UCLA Scholars Recognized at CAMP Statewide Symposium
Four UCLA Students receive honors: MSD Scholar Brandon Matthews (Best Poster in Physical Sciences), CARE Scholars Olivia Irving (Honorable Mention-Physical Sciences) and Danielle Perez (Honorable Mention-Life Sciences, and CAMP student Rachel Lopez (Honorable Mention-Physical Sciences). For more information about the CAMP Symposium, please see the link.
<b>IMSD, MARC, UC LEADS Scholars and SACNAS @ UCLA Chapter recognized at SACNAS 2013.</b>   IMSD, MARC, UC LEADS Scholars and SACNAS @ UCLA Chapter recognized at SACNAS 2013.
SACNAS is a national non-profit organization that seeks to provide mentorship to students pursuing science academics and careers (sacnas.org). Click the link for more information about SACNAS.
  2 HHURP Scholars Receive True Bruin Distinguished Senior Awards
Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Program Scholars Mericien Venzon and Daniel Wong were among five students chosen by alumni donors and volunteers from 200 applicants.
  Impact of Student Researchers Highlighted by UCLA News
Students who participate in undergraduate research with the Astin Civic Engagement Program gain valuable research skills while benefiting community organizations and the public.
  UCLA Almnus Randy Schekman wins 2013 Nobel Prize
Dr. Schekman, a molecular biologist and current professor at UC Berkeley was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for advancing the understanding of how proteins are secreted and transported in human cells. Story courtesy of UCLA Newsroom.
  UC LEADS Scholar Daniel Foster Highlighted on UC LEADS website
Daniel Foster received a Poster Presentation Award at the SACNAS National Conference as well as accepting a "Role Model Chapter" award on behalf of the SACNAS at UCLA Chapter.
  UCLA Scholars win 6 Best Poster Awards at ABRCMS National Conference
Congratulations to MARC Scholars Michael Rale and Brian Perez, MSD Scholar C.Y. Kimberly Tsui, CARE Scholar Nancy Lopez, HHURP Scholar Jennifer Pena and Benni Vargas, who all took home Best Poster Presentation Awards at the 2013 ABRCMS Conference in Nashville.
  Former CARE Scholar Irma Ortiz profiled by UC Riverside
A graduate of the CARE Scholar program at UCLA, Irma is currently pursuing her Ph.D. as part of the CAMP Bridge to the Doctorate program. Her path to graduate studies at UCR is currently profiled by UCR Today at the link.
  UCLA Researchers Develop Smartphone App to Test for Mercury Levels in Water
The development of this testing tool could be particularly useful in regions with limited access to more expensive technology to test for mercury content in water. Researchers on the interdisciplinary team include UCLA undergraduates Richie Nagi, Kayvon Sadeghi, Eddie Yan and So Jung Ki.
<b>Wasserman Scholars Featured on UCLA Newsroom</b>   Wasserman Scholars Featured on UCLA Newsroom
Profiles of two Wasserman Scholars exemplify the significance of undergraduate research for students and for the campus community.
HHURP Scholar Shannon Wongvibulsin receives Barry Goldwater Scholarship for Research   HHURP Scholar Shannon Wongvibulsin receives Barry Goldwater Scholarship for Research
The third-year bioengineering student was awarded the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship earlier this year.
  Clare Boothe Luce Scholars awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Physics major Nora Brackbill and Astrophysics major Carina Cheng are two recipients of National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.

Undergraduate Research Mentor Dr. Miguel Garcia-Garibay wins the Diversity Equity & Inclusion Award   Undergraduate Research Mentor Dr. Miguel Garcia-Garibay wins the Diversity Equity & Inclusion Award
Professor Miguel Garcia-Garibay has been selected by the UCLA Academic Senate Committee on Diversity and Equal Opportunity as the faculty recipient of the 2013 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award.
  Wasserman Scholar Serena Lee Writes about 'Paying it Forward' at the Huffington Post!

Fourth year researcher Serena Lee writes about her experiences in research and the necessity of 'Paying it Forward.'

UC LEADS Scholars Tiffany Nguyen and Jennifer Pena receive awards at annual UC LEADS Symposium   UC LEADS Scholars Tiffany Nguyen and Jennifer Pena receive awards at annual UC LEADS Symposium

2013 UC LEADS Symposium presenters pictured left to right: Mai Tran, Tiffany Nguyen, Jose Chavez, Jennifer Pena, Daniel Foster, and Kristen Omi

UCLA takes home 4 Best Poster Awards at 2013 Emerging Researchers National Conference   UCLA takes home 4 Best Poster Awards at 2013 Emerging Researchers National Conference

Pictured left to right: Dr. Diana Azurdia, Amilcar Perez, Jacqueline Graniel, Hoda Ahmed, Damond Ng, Angel Barajas, and Nickolas Wheat. Hoda, Damond, Angel, and Nickolas received Best Poster Awards in their respective divisions.

Faculty Advisers for UCLA-Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Program receive Teaching Award   Faculty Advisers for UCLA-Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Program receive Teaching Award

Dr. Michael Carey and Dr. John Colicelli are recognized for their 15-year commitment to mentoring students in the Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Program.

UCLA Wins Honors at CAMP Symposium   UCLA Wins Honors at CAMP Symposium

Taking home three Best Poster awards and two Honorable Mentions, UCLA undergraduate researchers excelled at the 2013 CAMP Symposium.

URSP Scholar Robert Lamm receives Lee Wasserman Memorial Senior Prize   URSP Scholar Robert Lamm receives Lee Wasserman Memorial Senior Prize

Undergraduate Research Scholar Robert Lamm was awarded the Lee Wasserman Senior Prize for demonstrated leadership, service and academic distinction.

UCLA Faculty Wins MacArthur 'Genius' Award   UCLA Faculty Wins MacArthur 'Genius' Award

Neurobiologist Dr. Elissa Hallem is one of 23 recipients of the prestigious fellowship for "exceptional merit and promise of continued creative work."



UCLA Study finds that alcohol extends the life of worms   UCLA Study finds that alcohol extends the life of worms

Tiny amounts of ethanol were found to extend the life of worms, leaving "intriguing" suggestions for human implications. Former UCLA undergraduates Paolo Castro, left, and Shilpi Khare are part of Dr. Steven Clarke's research team.

Undergraduate Student Research Published by Noted Chemistry Journal   Undergraduate Student Research Published by Noted Chemistry Journal

What started as an optional, ungraded research project resulted in the discovery of 100 new chemical structures by a group of 8 undergraduate students under the guidance of Dr. Anastassia Alexandrova.

New Marine Science program led by Dr. Paul Barber joins Bunche Humanities Institute, part of UC-HCBU   New Marine Science program led by Dr. Paul Barber joins Bunche Humanities Institute, part of UC-HCBU

 Dr. Paul Barber, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, plans to bring historically black college and university (HCBU) students along with him on his field research on biodiversity in the Coral Triangle off the coast of Indonesia. The UC-HBCU initative encourages HBCU students to pursue doctoral programs, especially where minorities are most underrpresented. 

Creating Knowledge Through Research   Creating Knowledge Through Research

Undergraduate research scholars Kimberly Frutoz, William Temple, Matthew Pimentel, and Paula Wu are highlighted in The College Report. 

Library Prize for Undergraduate Research Awarded to Six Students   Library Prize for Undergraduate Research Awarded to Six Students

Annie Chen finally completed her research submission and she was named Wednesday May 9 as one of the winners of the Library Prize for Undergraduate Research.

Prestigious Strauss scholarships go to two service-minded UCLA students   Prestigious Strauss scholarships go to two service-minded UCLA students
Knudsen, 22, of Pleasanton, Calif., a psychobiology major who will graduate in winter 2013, developed the Creative Minds Project at Step Up on Second, and was one of two UCLA students to receive the prestigious Strauss Foundation scholarship.
UCLA scientists unlock mystery of how 'handedness' arises   UCLA scientists unlock mystery of how 'handedness' arises
The overwhelming majority of proteins and other functional molecules in our bodies display a striking molecular characteristic: They can exist in two distinct forms that are mirror images of each other, like your right hand and left hand. Surprisingly, each of our bodies prefers only one of these molecular forms.
UCLA's student math team defeats 448 others, but who's counting?   UCLA's student math team defeats 448 others, but who's counting?
As a high school student in Romania - when he won three gold medals with perfect scores in international math competitions-Ciprian Manolescu already knew about the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition for university undergraduates.
UCLA leaders commit funds to maintain high-quality undergraduate education   UCLA leaders commit funds to maintain high-quality undergraduate education

As state support for the University of California declines, campus leaders are making supplemental funding available to maintain UCLA's high-quality undergraduate education and provide the classroom seats needed to help ensure that first-year students make timely progress to graduation.

New technique lets scientists peer within nanoparticles, see atomic structure in 3-D   New technique lets scientists peer within nanoparticles, see atomic structure in 3-D

 UCLA researchers are now able to peer deep within the world's tiniest structures to create three-dimensional images of individual atoms and their positions. Their research, published March 22 in the journal Nature, presents a new method for directly measuring the atomic structure of nanomaterials.

Insulin, nutrition prevent blood stem cell differentiation in the fruit fly   Insulin, nutrition prevent blood stem cell differentiation in the fruit fly

 UCLA stem cell researchers have shown that insulin and nutrition prevent blood stem cells from differentiating into mature blood cells in Drosophila, the common fruit fly, a finding that has implications for studying inflammatory response and blood development in response to dietary changes in humans.

Professor's cell phone microscope honored as best innovation of 2011   Professor's cell phone microscope honored as best innovation of 2011

 A groundbreaking imaging technology developed by UCLA Engineering professor Aydogan Ozcan that can turn a simple cell phone into a powerful microscope has been named the top innovation of 2011 by The Scientist, a magazine focusing on the life sciences, research and technology.

Sound and vision work hand in hand, UCLA psychologists report   Sound and vision work hand in hand, UCLA psychologists report

 Our senses of sight and hearing work closely together, perhaps more than people realize, a new UCLA psychology study shows.

UCLA-engineered stem cells seek out and kill HIV in living organisms   UCLA-engineered stem cells seek out and kill HIV in living organisms

Expanding on previous research providing proof-of-principle that human stem cells can be genetically engineered into HIV-fighting cells, a team of UCLA researchers has now demonstrated that these cells can actually attack HIV-infected cells in a living organism.

UCLA scientists find way to repair mutations in human mitochondria   UCLA scientists find way to repair mutations in human mitochondria

  Researchers at the UCLA stem cell center and the departments of chemistry and biochemistry and pathology and laboratory medicine have identified, for the first time, a generic way to correct mutations in human mitochondrial DNA by targeting corrective RNAs, a finding with implications for treating a host of mitochondrial diseases.

Congratulations to Professor Richard Weiss   Congratulations to Professor Richard Weiss

 The Director of UC LEADS and the CARE programs received the UCLA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award.

The Amazing Regulation of the Human Gene   The Amazing Regulation of the Human Gene

 Xinshu (Grace) Xiao, pictured, works with the most advanced computation modeling and data technology to analyze the role of alternative gene splicing in medical conditions and diseases. Undergraduate Christopher Greer, also pictured, worked with Xiao in the lab.

Field biology class launches students into science journals   Field biology class launches students into science journals

After days spent blasting motorboat noises from an iPod and sneaking up on hermit crabs stunned by the racket, three UCLA undergraduates closed in on a cognitive neuroscience breakthrough last quarter.